Well it's now a few years since The Unborn was released and we can safely say that its reputation as a below average horror movie is set in stone. Much like many other lazy horror movies made by directors out of their depth (here David S. Goyer proving he should stick to writing), The Unborn just plays out as a choppy experience.
Good moments do dot themselves within, a couple of well executed jumps impact on those not waiting for such things, the creepy kid is a bonus, while the core menace of the story, a Dybbuk of Jewish folklore, is interesting and fresh. But Goyer has no idea in how to build suspense around his thrills, an ignorance in how to utilise the scary premise on offer. He also telegraphs the final revelation way too early, which in turn crowns a hopelessly weak last fifteen minutes, and to under use Gary Oldman (who turns up for the money) is a crime in itself.
Insidious, itself proving to be a divisive film in horror fan circles, had the nous to take a similar premise to The Unborn and spin something extra into the mix, which accounts for its considerably better reputation. Until more horror film makers realise that more brains in narratives are needed, we will continue to get reams of mediocre horrors made. Sadly, such is the size of the horror fan world, these mediocre films will still get support at the box office and from rental outlets. 5/10